Friday Favorites: Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Today we are officially under the two week mark until Thanksgiving! Are you hosting this year? If so, do you have your table planned? I’m not hosting, so there will be no tablescaping for me, which is probably for the better because that is a lot of hard work! Instead, I decided to look through all the gorgeous fruits of everyone else’s labor and put together my favorites in this post. That counts as work, right? :)

Favorite blue, gold and cream

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Favorite use of wheat:

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Favorite all white tablescape:

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Favorite preppy table:

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Favorite use of a lantern:

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Favorite purple tablescape:

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Favorite farm table + lights!

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And finally – favorite kids table:

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With love,

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Catch up + CMA awards

Happy November! I can’t believe we’re in the final two months of 2014. Time continues to amaze me at how quickly it flies.

While it’s not the traditional awards season, I’m so excited that this Wednesday is the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards!

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I love this awards show and am really looking forward to seeing my favorite country music singers perform. Especially the Zac Brown Band and those boys from Florida Georgia Line. Love them!

Also - it’s cold. The temperature has been in the 40′s in Northeast Ohio the past couple of days, and I’m none too happy about it. However, if there is one good thing about chilly weather, it’s cooking for chilly weather.  So, this week I’ll be cooking for chilly weather and country music: BBQ Coca-cola Ribs and chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.

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Here is a link to the list of nominees for Wednesday’s award show. My predictions are below:

Album of the year – Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”

Entertainer of the year – Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the year – Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the year – Luke Bryan

Music Video of the year – “Somethin’ Bad” by Carried Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the year - “Somethin’ Bad” by Carried Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Musician of the year – Jerry Douglas (if you don’t know Jerry, I highly suggest getting to know him! He’s part of Alison Krauss’s band, and he was George Clooney’s singing voice in “O Brother, Where Art Thou”.)

New artist of the year – Kip Moore

Single of the year – “Automatic” by Miranda Lambert

Song of the year – “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Vocal Duo of the year – Florida Georgia Line

Vocal group of the year – Zac Brown Band

Pumpkin Silver Dollar Pancakes

I love the Pioneer Woman. She’s so down-to-earth – and man, can she cook. Of course, her food isn’t what one would call “healthy”, but sometimes down-home, ranch-style cooking is  just what this city(ish) girl needs.

Pancakes are a favorite in this house, so I can’t imagine pumpkin silver dollar pancakes won’t be a huge hit.

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The Art of Scarf Tying

Oh, fall – how I love thee. Let me count the ways…

Your wonderful flavors – pumpkin, apple and maple.

Your glorious scents – cinnamon, nutmeg and browned sugar.

Your beautiful colors – orange, red and yellow.

Your comfy, chic fashion  - boots, sweaters and SCARVES!

I already shared my love of all-things cable knit, so today I wanted to share my passion for scarves.

Simply put, I love scarves. I wear them all through fall, winter and spring (and yes, I do believe in the “summer scarf”). They have the ability to take the “blah” out of any outfit, and I really think they have magical slimming powers, if worn correctly.

Here is my favorite video on 25 ways to tie a scarf. It’s just under 5 minutes long, and it’s so good!

Here are two graphics from a website with tons of scarf tying tricks:

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Any good ones I’m missing?

With love,

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Apple Cinnamon Sangria

Happy Friday! Did everyone else have as long a week as I did? If so, an apple cinnamon sangria – or two – is in order!

Was there ever an adult beverage with such yummy, cinnamon-y fallness? I think not. And lucky you, I have TWO different sangrias you can try on the final weekend of summer.

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This could possibly be the perfect way to bid farewell to summer, while welcoming fall with open arms. Have a great weekend, everyone!

With love,

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Pumpkin Smoothies

I adore smoothies. If I don’t have time to sit down and eat breakfast or lunch, a smoothie is a wonderful sub. They also make a great post workout snack! That is what I have been using them for lately. And isn’t this just the best weather to have a run? The cool air is literally invigorating. In the spirit of Fall, here are some great pumpkin inspired smoothies. Bonus - they all can be made vegan!

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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With love,

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Cable Knit EVERYTHING!

While I do not personally knit (cable or otherwise), I’m obsessed with pretty much everything the craft produces. You can’t get cozier or comfier than this!

Sweaters.

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(the ridiculousness of the sweater / shorts combo is  not lost on me. I just really love that sweater)

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Especially the ones with elbow patches on babies (OHMYGOSH THE CUTENESS!)

 

Blankets.

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I want to crawl into that bed NOW!

 

Scarfs.

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Headbands.

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Socks.

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Fingerless gloves.

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Cup cozy (DIY!!).

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Ok, I’m done. But seriously, as I sit here freezing in my cotton cardigan, I think I may spend my evening online shopping for all things cable knit. Because, well, FALL!

With love,

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